Mark O'Connor is a composer, fiddler, teacher, and innovator. He joins Dakota Midday to talk about American classical music, the art of improvisation, and how to raise the next generation of American performers/composers.
The musicians of Mipso have been called "renegade traditionalists," and they don't mind that label at all. Jacob Sharp and Joseph Terrell talk with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh about songwriting, touring, and how putting in the proverbial 10,000 hours of performance helps the band create melodies and rhythms that are fresh and intelligent.
One of the premier projects of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra is the Lakota Music Project. This week, the orchestra travels to Sisseton with the program Dvořák in America. Maestro Delta David Gier and musicologist Joe Horowitz (author of "Classical Music in America: A History) join Dakota Midday to talk about American music, the symphony as humanities organization, and the power of the Lakota Music Project.
Chad Hutchinson is the newly appointed music director of the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra. He sits down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss the vision for the orchestra's future, what musicians can learn from visual artists, and the value of connecting young musicians with professionals.